Interim Artistic Director
I’m a visual artist, director and creative facilitator with a love of playful, inclusive and participant centered projects. After studying drama at The University of Hull and then Visual Performance at Wimbledon School of Art, I’ve been lucky enough to work with children and adults all over the world – from Japan to the Maldives!
I graduated with an MA in Advanced Theatre practice from The Royal School of speech and Drama. Having originally trained in Theatre design I went on to fulfil a number of roles within the theatre world. I Joined Kazzum in 2011 as a Volunteer Administrator and haven’t looked back!
I moved to London to complete an MA in Anthropology of Media at SOAS. Since then I have worked in marketing and communications with charities in the arts and development sector. I also have been singing with various projects and make my own music using a loop pedal and ukulele.
I’m best known for playing Miranda in the Paralympics Opening Ceremony. Before then I studied Theatre at Uni, was a stage manager and then in 2003 began working for loads of great theatres as an actor & I’ve also been on the radio quite a lot. Kazzum allows me to play & create unusual theatre. (next I want to be a Dr Who sidekick & get a dog.)
Jonathan Van Beek
I’m a Designer, Prop & costume maker. Originally from Nottingham, but I’m a London boy now. I studied at UAL & since 2009 I’ve worked with lots of great companies such as BBC, Graeae Theatre & Kinetika. But more importantly I’m now also working for Kazzum on Addressed to a Friend, Nana’s Jumble & Waiting Game.
I’m a multi-disciplinary artist and facilitator based in London. Originally a poet and rapper, I’ve performed with multiple bands across the UK and Europe supporting some of music’s best known performers, including Ed Sheeran, Nick Mulvey and Lucy Rose. Since then, I’ve grown into a published poet and writer, as well as a performer creating outdoor theatre for some of the capital’s biggest companies including EEA, Talawa and Les Goulus. My A Line series has toured nationally to shopping centres across the UK and my ‘on the spot poems’ have connected with corporate events internationally. I’ve taught children, young people and adults for over ten years working for companies including Tender, The Young Vic Theatre, The Roundhouse, Mousetrap Theatre Projects and many more. I’m a true advocate for social change through the arts and will continue to engage new audiences in a variety of ways!
I’m a Lebanese-Spanish actor, theatre-maker, and facilitator whose primary practice is in contemporary work in or about the Middle East – particularly Lebanon and Palestine. I moved to London in 2006 to study at Goldsmiths and later trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. I create and performs work within the context of cultural resistance and facilitate workshops for refugees and asylum seekers as part of Kazzum’s Young Voices Pathway. I’m a co-director of Station House Opera’s latest telematic performance project, At Home in Gaza and London; which uses digital technologies to bring together the lives of people in both cities in real-time.